Senior Theses 2016

posted on July 28, 2016 by

Ferrel Atkins ‘16

An Overview of Satellite Communications: Topics in Satellite Television

Faculty Advisor:  Janice Hudgings


Andreas Biekert ‘16

Aiding the Search for New Physics Through the Spectroscopy of Diatomic Molecules

Faculty Advisor:  Richard Mawhorter


Hannah Bishop ‘16

Fabrication of Plasmonic Nanostructures using Electron Beam Lithography

Faculty Advisor:  David Tanenbaum


William Buchholtz ‘16

Modeling the Evolution of Surface Charge on a Wire-Capacitor Circuit

Faculty Advisors:  Thomas Moore and Alma Zook


Jonah Grubb ‘16

On the Design and Construction of a Tow Tank and Particle Image Velocimetry System for the Study of Exploding Plants

Faculty Advisor:  Dwight Whitaker


David Khatami ‘16

A Meshless Approach to Radiation Hydrodynamics Simulations in Astrophysics

Faculty Advisors:  Philip Hopkins (Caltech) and Philip Choi


Jerry Martinez ‘16

Automotive Radar Systems: Status and Future Developments 

Faculty Advisor:  Janice Hudgings


Melina Mastrodimos ‘16

Delineating the Evolution of Organic Molecular Synthesis

Faculty Advisor:  Philip Choi


Madeline McGaughey ‘16

A Review of the Development and Current Status of Quantum Key Distribution

Faculty Advisor:  Alfred Kwok


Tatsu Monkman ‘16

Mapping the Galactic Orbit of an Extremely Low Metallicity Star

Faculty Advisors:  Philip Choi and Josh Simon (Carnegie Observatories)


Vicente Robles ‘16

Exploring the Dynamics of Optical Thermocavitation Bubbles Using Planar Laser-Induced Fluorescence

Faculty Advisor:  Dwight Whitaker


David Sharfi ‘16

Designing, Implementing, and Testing A Lesson Plan for Static Equilibrium in Introductory Mechanics

Faculty Advisor:  David Tanenbaum


Scott Tan ‘16

Signatures of the Soft Phonon in Impedance Spectroscopy of Barium Titanate Nanoparticle Colloidal Solutions

Faculty Advisor:  Janice Hudgings and Graham Krahn


Carson Witte ‘16

Diatomic Molecular Spectroscopy of Potassium Iodide

Faculty Advisor:  Richard Mawhorter



Senior Theses (2015)

posted on August 18, 2015 by

Erika Carlson ’15
A Photometric Investigation of Stellar Populations in the Dwarf Galaxy NGC 6822
Faculty Advisors: Philip Choi and Barry Madore

Alexander Cole ’15
Non-commutative Geometry and Information Scrambling in Matrix Theory Black Holes
Faculty Advisor: Vatche Sahakian

Dillon Dong ’15
Studying Star Formation in Nearby Galaxies with 33GHz Radio Interferometry
Faculty Advisors: Eric Murphy and Philip Choi

Benjamin Girodias ’15
Ultracold Atoms in Line-World: Bose-Einstein Condensates in a Quasi-One Dimensional Gravito-Optical Surface Trap
Faculty Advisor: Dwight Whitaker

Fernando Ortega ’15
Using Single Qubit Control to Reduce Decoherence in Quantum Information Networks
Faculty Advisor: Richard Mawhorter

Jonathan Wong ’15
Analysis of Equisetum Arvense Spores (contact the Physics Department to view)
Faculty Advisor: Dwight Whitaker




Senior Theses (2014)

posted on June 9, 2014 by

Dalton Bolger ’14
KAPAO Prime: Construction, Calibration, and Integration of the Pomona College Facility Adaptive Optics Instrument
Faculty Advisor: Philip Choi

Claire Dickey ’14
The Low-Mass Luminosity Function in Globular Clusters
Faculty Advisor: Philip Choi

Meredith Durbin ’14
The Mid-Infrared RR Lyrae Period-Luminosity Relation
Faculty Advisor: Alma Zook

Zachary Glassman ’14
High Resolution Spectroscopy and Isotope Invariant Analysis of Diatomic Molecules
Faculty Advisor: Richard Mawhorter

Dulcie Head ’14
Modeling Diffusion in Amorphous Thin Film Tantala and Amorphous Thin Film Fused Silica
Faculty Advisor: Alma Zook

Annie Hedlund ’14
High-Mass Stars in NGC 6822: The Ultraviolet as a Tool for Identification
Faculty Advisor: Bryan Penprase

Benjamin Hoober-Burkhardt ’14
The Use of Gamification to Teach the Cosmic Distance Ladder
Faculty Advisor: Bryan Penprase

Mira Howard ’14
The Pianist’s Touch: An Investigation into the Scientific Veracity of the Pianist’s Touch
Faculty Advisor: Alma Zook

Joseph Long ’14
Seeing Clearly with KAPAO: Measuring Performance with Data Analysis Tools for Adaptive Optics
Faculty Advisor: Philip Choi

Charles Owens ’14
An Analysis on the Degradation of Organic Photovoltaic Cells
Faculty Advisor: David Tanenbaum

Eric Puma ’14
An Overview of CVD Graphene Growth, Characterization, and Transfer
Faculty Advisor: David Tanenbaum

Emily Yang ’14
Fabrication, Characterization, and Stability of Inverted P3HT:PCBM Organic Photovoltaics
Faculty Advisor: David Tanenbaum

Senior Theses (2013)

posted on September 19, 2013 by

Daniel Contreras ’13
KAPAO: Design and Assembly of the Wavefront Sensorfor an Adaptive Optics Instrument
Faculty Advisor: Philip Choi

Carolyn Cross ’13
Slinging Spinning Seed Substitutes: An investigation into the explosive seed dispersal of the Acanthaceae
Faculty Advisor: Dwight Whitaker

Gretta Ferguson ’13
An Outdoor Assessment of Organic Solar Cell Performance
Faculty Advisor: David Tanenbaum

Rylan Grady ’13
Tidal Deformations of Sea Ice in Shallow Arctic Regions
Faculty Advisors: Alma Zook and Aleksey Marchenko (UNIS)

Kevin Ludlum ’13
Optimizing Flywheel Design for use as a Kinetic Energy Recovery System for a Bicycle
Faculty Advisor: Alfred Kwok

Lorcan McGonigle ’13
KAPAO: Design and Simulation of the Static Optical and Mechanical Systems
Faculty Advisor: Philip Choi

Colin Mitchell ’13
Measuring the Air Speed in a Wind Tunnel
Faculty Advisor: Alma Zook

Benjamin Murphy ’13
Investigations Into Anomalous Spectroscopic Effects in GE124 and Recommendations for Alternative Materials
Faculty Advisor: Alfred Kwok

Jonathan Raiman ’13
Wireless Electricity and Impedance Matching
Faculty Advisor: Gregory Ogin

Sam Whitehead ’13
A Computational Analysis of Inertial ParticleTransport from Peat Moss Vortex Rings
Faculty Advosor: Dwight Whitaker

Senior Theses (2012)

posted on May 20, 2012 by

Maira Amezcua ’12
Quantum Optics
Faculty Advisor: Alfred Kwok

Emily Chang ’12
A Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis of the Spore Dispersal of Sphagnum Moss
Faculty Advisor: Dwight Whitaker

Eric Dodds ’12
Progress Toward BEC Through Optimization and Measurement of a Compressed Magneto-Optical Trap
Faculty Advisor: Dwight Whitaker

Xinyi Guo ’12
Applications of Gravitational Microlensing
Faculty Advisor: Ann Esin (HMC)

Matthew W. Hasling ’12
An Investigation into Graphene Growth and Transfer Methods
Faculty Advisor: David Tanenbaum

Zack Lasner ’12
Toward BEC’s, the Bee’s Knees:  A Computational Investigation of Non-ergodic Evaporative Cooling
Faculty Advisor: Dwight Whitaker

Will Morrison ’12
Building KAPAO-Alpha: A Prototype Adaptive Optics Instrument for Pomona College’s 1-meter Telescope at Table Mountain Observatory
Faculty Advisor: Philip Choi

Leonardo Rosetti ’12
The Designing, Building and Testing of an Azimuth-Altitude Dual Axis Solar Tracker
Faculty Advisor: David Tanenbaum

Catherine Wilka ’12
Analysis of Low-Metalicity Damped Lyman Alpha Systems Using Quasar Absorption Line Spectroscopy
Faculty Advisor: Bryan Penprase

Senior Theses (2011)

posted on May 20, 2011 by

Alexander L. Baum ’11
High Resolution Rotational Spectroscopy Study of the Zeeman Effect in the 2Π½ Molecule PbF (pdf)
Faculty Advisor: Richard Mawhorter

A. B. Boyd ’11
Antimatter Annihilation in the Early Universe (pdf)
Faculty Advisor: T. A. Moore

Jenna deBoisblanc ’11
Synthesis and Characterization of P3HT:PCBM Organic Solar Cells (pdf)
Faculty Advisors: David Tanenbaum and Alma Zook

Amanda Ghassaei ’11
The Design and Optimization of a Crank-Based Leg Mechanism (pdf)
Faculty Advisors: Phil Choi and Dwight Whitaker

Devin Matthews ’11
Quiet Cooling for the OBVA High Resolution Flight Simulator (pdf)
Faculty Advisor: Alfred Kwok

Benjamin Pollard ’11
Growing Graphene via Chemical Vapor Deposition (pdf)
Faculty Advisor: David Tanenbaum

Alexander Rudy ‘11
Advancing Adaptive Optics for the KAPAO Instrument (pdf)
Faculty Advisor: Philip Choi

Joel Shuman ’11
Optimizing and measuring properties of a magneto-optical trap in a dilute rubidium-87 gas (pdf)
Faculty Advisor: Dwight Whitaker

Senior Theses (2009)

posted on May 20, 2009 by

Daniel Beeler ’09
Survey of Extended Lyman-_ Emission Near z > 3 Radio-quiet Quasars (pdf)
Faculty Advisors: Bryan E. Penprase and Michael Rauch (OCIW)

Scott Berkley ‘09
The Fabrication and Characterization of Organic Solar Cells (pdf)
Addendum (pdf)
Faculty Advisor: David Tanenbaum

Caroline Fernandez ‘09
Designing a Dome-Flat Screen and Projector for the Table Mountain Observatory (pdf)
Faculty Advisor: Alma Zook

Kevin Kelley ‘09
Construction of a Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence Microscope to Study Lipid Domain Composition via Raman Spectral Imaging (pdf)
Faculty Advisor: Alfred Kwok

Daniel Sedlacek ‘09
Aerogel Synthesis and Application (pdf)
Faculty Advisor: David Tanenbaum

James Wendt ‘09
Computer Generated Holography (pdf)
Faculty Advisor: Alma Zook

Alex Zylstra ‘09
Improving atom trapping and evaporative cooling in a Bose-Einstein condensation experiment through laser power stabilization (pdf)
Faculty Advisor: Dwight Whitaker

Senior Theses (2008)

posted on May 13, 2008 by

Lua Del Campo ‘08
The Biomechanics of Ballistochory in Impatiens pallid (pdf)
Faculty Advisor: Dwight Whitaker

Ian Frank ‘08
Shaping Graphene An Alternative Approach (pdf)
Faculty Advisor: David Tanenbaum

Bryant Foresman ‘08
Acoustical Measurement of the Human Vocal Tract: Quantifying Speech & Throat-Singing (pdf)
Faculty Advisor: Alma Zook

Gordy Stecklein ‘08
Bridging the Gender Gap in Quantum Physics (pdf)
Faculty Advisor: Thomas Moore

Kristen Petrillo ‘08
A Study of Interacting and Companion Galaxies: Implications for Cosmology
Faculty Advisor(s): Philip Choi & Barry Madore (OCIW)

Erica Nelson ‘08
H I Line Profiles of Galaxies: Tilted Ring Models (pdf)
Faculty Advisor(s): Philip Choi & Barry Madore (OCIW)

Senior Theses (2007)

posted on September 17, 2007 by

Anand Murugan ’07
Fuzzy Blackholes
Faculty Advisor: Vatche Sahakian (HMC)

Rachel Paterno-Mahler ‘07
Determining the AGN Fraction of Galaxy Groups
Faculty Advisor: Philip Choi & John Mulchaey (OCIW)

Ajoy Vase ’07
The Effects of Material Treatments on the Surface Properties of Polymeric Biomaterials
Faculty Advisors: Elizabeth Orwin and David Tanenbaum

C. L. Wainwright ‘07
The Effects of Spin-Orbit Coupling on Gravitational Wave Uncertainties
Faculty Advisor: T. A. Moore

Gordon Whyburn ‘07
A Simple Organic Solar Cell
Faculty Advisor: David Tanenbaum

Brett T. Close ‘07
Solar Energy Research and Development in California
Faculty Advisors: David Tanenbaum and David Menefee-Libey

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